Appalachian Trail Produces Deer Poacher And Lost Dog

Thursday, December 1, 2016

TWRA wildlife officers working along the Appalachian Trail in the Cherokee National Forest near Butler charged a hunter with violations related to illegal deer hunting, then rescued a lost family pet in the same area. 

Carter County Wildlife Officer Dennis Ward has documented illegal ATV tracks on Iron Mountain for several years, and while scouting out the area this year, he and fellow officer John Ripley also located several permanent treestands nearby.  Last Saturday, they set out to investigate the illegal activity and after finding and charging a hunter, they also rescued a lost dog.

 

While investigating the illegal hunting activity, the officers located Dickie Tester, 66, from Hampton, who was deer hunting from a climbing treestand near fresh ATV tracks.  Mr. Tester was not wearing fluorescent orange, which is required by wildlife law so that big game hunters can see one another while hunting.  The officers also located fresh corn and a trail camera within about 20 yards of the tree stand and discovered that Tester had ridden an ATV to his hunting spot that morning.  The officers charged the hunter with failure to wear fluorescent orange while big game hunting, hunting with the aid of bait, and illegal ATV use on a wildlife management area.  They also seized a Winchester .270 caliber rifle and a trail camera.

After dealing with the defendant, the officers headed off the mountain and found a dog standing on the trail that was not of a hunting breed but what the officers described as a “Golden Doodle.” The animal wore a collar bearing the name “Maggie,” and was exhausted to the point that she allowed the officers to place her on their ATV and transport her off the mountain.  The officers also inspected the rabies tag on Maggie’s collar, which indicated that a veterinarian in Orlando, Fla. had administered the vaccination.  They contacted the vet’s office to get the name and contact information of the owners and after a call, they learned that the owners were vacationing at a cabin in Butler and that Maggie had gone missing a few days prior.  The officers met Maggie’s owners in Elizabethton who Officer Ripley described as “ecstatic” to get the dog back.  They had been placing flyers around the area offering a $500 reward for Maggie’s return, which they also offered to the officers who declined but suggested that it be donated to a charity.



Youth Fishing Event And Pier Dedication Set For Saturday At Wolftever Creek Boat Ramp

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) invites the public to the Wolftever Creek Boat Ramp in Harrison, Tennessee, for a free youth fishing event and dedication of a new courtesy pier constructed by union volunteers.   The event will be on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, with fishing and lunch provided. The dedication will follow.   The Wolftever Creek ... (click for more)

Bell, Reedy Join In National Hunting And Fishing Day

State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and Rep. Jay Reedy (R-Erin) will join millions of hunters and anglers across the nation on Saturday in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.  The lawmakers are co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Sportsmen’s Caucus which works to protect Tennessee’s long-held tradition of hunting and fishing.     ... (click for more)

Government Says Former Pilot Travel Centers President Hazelwood Should Be Sentenced To 168-210 Months; Hearing Projected To Take 11 Hours Over 2 Days

The government is asking that former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood be sentenced to between 168-210 months for his part in a fraud against truckers. The government is also asking that Hazelwood be ordered to pay a $750,000 fine. It was noted that all restitution has been made by Pilot to the tune of some $100 million. Attorney Brad Henry, of Knoxville and New ... (click for more)

Mother Of 15-Year-Old Killed By His Father Said McElrath Had Been Acting "Manic"

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed by his father said Michael McElrath had been acting "manic" in the days leading up to the tragic incident in Hixson on Aug. 18. Judge Alex McVeigh bound a charge of criminal homicide against McElrath, a former jail officer, to the Grand Jury. He is charged in the death of Dylan McElrath, who was a sophomore at Hixson High School. ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (3)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Scream ‘Sexual Assault!’

Candace Owens, a communications director for the conservative non-profit “Turning Point,” wasted not a minute’s time as the Democratic debauchery of Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh raced like a prairie fire across America. There is little doubt that many politicians -- on either side of the aisle -- play a little loose with the truth. But this Eleventh Hour attack on the ... (click for more)